Our Team

2022 has been a year of change for Schnips PHd with our most exciting development being a change in the salon’s ownership.

Maree and Sian are all longstanding members of the Schnips PHd family, and now joint owners and are committed to the continual delivery of the exceptionally high standard of service expected from our wonderful clients.

Maree Whatman - Director Stylist/Owner

Maree has a true enthusiasm and passion for hairdressing and understanding her client’s needs. As Director of Schnips PHd, and with close to three decades in the industry, she is highly experienced and has a wealth of knowledge and practical experience to support both her clients and team. Maree prides herself on listening to her client’s hair goals and then with her creativity and attention to detail, creating a look that they love. She wants her clients to feel amazing, and passes on tips and knowledge to help them recreate the same feeling at home. Outside of the salon, Maree lives an active life with her family in the outdoors.

Sian Salmen - Director Stylist/Owner

Sian is half-owner of Schnips PHd and has more than 15 years in the industry. She has a great passion for making clients love their hair. With a creative and unique flair, Sian loves to create new looks and styles that clients simply fall in love with. Whether you are looking for a cut, to try a new colour, a hairstyle for a special event, or a whole new look, we know that Sian’s bubbly personality, positive energy and years of experience will ensure you leave looking and feeling amazing. When she is not in the salon Sian loves cooking, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Mariam Ibrahim - Director Stylist /Trainer

Mariam has been in the industry for more than two decades and has a great passion for the creative side of hairdressing. “It’s not boring, and it’s different from one client to another. It’s always changing and evolving”. Mariam loves the rewarding feeling that comes with seeing clients’ eyes light up and the smile on their faces after completing a great style that is both beautiful and practical. Relationships are what it is all about for Mariam, and she is passionate about building a relationship over time and catching up with clients regularly. They are clients that become friends. Mariam is a Direct Stylist and Trainer at Schnips PHd and outside of the salon, family and travelling is where Mariam spends her time.

Amber Thorpe - Apprentice

Introducing Amber, our new full-time apprentice at Schnips PHd! With a passion for hairdressing, she completed a year-long pre-trade course at “Cut Above.” Committed to skill development, Amber works alongside our experienced team, ensuring your salon experience is comfortable and enjoyable. Welcome Amber to Schnips PHd!

Shayla Takinui - Senior Colourist Apprentice

Having joined the industry only 3 years ago, Shayla has quickly built a reputation and a wide range of skills as a Colourist. With a passion for blonding services and toners, Shayla loves making all of her clients feel beautiful and confident. Meeting new people and talking with clients is one of her favourite parts of hairdressing. Shayla describes herself as friendly and helpful and ‘wise beyond her years’.

Grace Wilson - Salon Assistant

Grace is an invaluable member of our salon team, bringing her exceptional skills and dedication to the job every day. With 7 months of experience as a salon assistant, she has proven herself to be a reliable and efficient asset to our salon. Her excellent customer service and attention to detail help to ensure that each and every client leaves our salon feeling satisfied and refreshed.

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